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Venkat Kanthimathinathan, MD, FASMBS

Bariatric and General Surgeon

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Venkat Kanthimathinathan, MD, FASMBS
Bariatric and General Surgeon
Fellowship-trained bariatric and general surgeon in the Lehigh Valley and Lehighton. Sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, hernia repair, endoscopy.

Venkat Kanthimathinathan, MD, FASMBS, is a bariatric and general surgeon at Coordinated Health, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Dr. Venkat specializes in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, including sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass procedures. He sees patients at the CH Allentown campus at 1405 North Cedar Crest Boulevard, as well as the CH Lehighton campus. 

Dr. Venkat is originally from India and he attended medical school there before coming to the United States for his general surgery residency. Afterwards he completed a fellowship in minimally invasive bariatric surgery at the University of Missouri where he met his future Coordinated Health colleague Dr. John Dockins.

Originally Dr. Venkat wanted to specialize in cardio thoracic surgery, but he changed direction after working with patients suffering from chronic heart conditions. “Looking at patient charts, I realized that chronic conditions are what led to emergency heart procedures, so I chose metabolic and bariatric surgery to get to the bottom of issues and prevent before patients become sick,” he said.

Dr. Venkat is also married to Coordinated Health endocrinologist Dr. Lakshmi Kannan, who specializes in medical weight loss.

 “Coordinated Health has a big vision and a patient-focused multidisciplinary team approach,” said Dr. Venkat. “I’m really proud to be here because I think we can and we will do great things.”

He adds that he could not have asked for a better team to work with than his wife and his longtime friend Dr. Dockins. “This is my second home. My wife is here, my friends are here, what else do I need?” he said.

Dr. Venkat also has volunteer experience at blood donation camps, pulse polio immunization programs, communicable diseases public awareness programs, and school health programs. He is passionate about giving back to the community and helping his patients. 

“The most rewarding thing about being a bariatric surgeon is helping people get back to doing what they had once been able to do,” said Dr. Venkat. “When they thank us and are shedding tears in the office with happiness after their bariatric surgery, that’s what keeps me going.”


Medical School

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, JSS Medical College, Mysore, India, 2001


First Year Categorical General Surgery Residency, Wayne State University, North Oakland Medical Centers, Pontiac, MI, 2007

Categorical General Surgery Residency, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA, 2011


Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Fellowship, University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics, Columbia, MO, 2012

Services Provided

  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Removal/adjustment of gastric band
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Hernia repair
  • Endoscopy
  • Acid reflux disease
  • Gastrectomy
  • Small bowel resection
  • Colectomy (right, transverse, and left)
  • Anterior resection/lower anterior resection
  • Splenectomy, pancreatectomy, and adrenalectomy
  • Abscess, cyst, lesion, and lump treatment and port placement
  • Emergency surgery
2 Testimonials
Dr. Venkat has changed my life
“ Not only is Dr. Venkat my Bariatric Surgeon, he is my family. I've worked with him since mid 2014. Since day one Dr. Venkat has always been humble and respectful. He taught me so much about Bariatric Surgery. Everyday he inspires me to stay peaceful and continue to push for everything I want in life. When I was going under anesthesia, Dr. Venkat reassured me that I was going to be ok. I remember being so nervous because of not having any family with me at the time of surgery. I remember thinking "Dr. V got me" . I trust Dr. Venkat with my life and that's why I chose to go through this journey with him. I recommend him to anyone who is thinking about joining a Bariatric Surgery Program. After surgery I was able to rest the first day but as soon as Dr. Venkat came in to check on me he made me get out of bed and take a walk with him through the hallway. I remember thinking how nice it was that he took the time to make sure I got up and walked around. I am now 7 months out. I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy on Jan. 7, 2019. I have not had ANY complications and I would do it all over again with no hesitation. It has been an amazing experience overall at Coordinated Health as an employee and as a patient. I say Dr. Venkat changed my life because he has. I feel amazing. I feel so much better than what I did 8 months ago, mentally and physically. Its an amazing feeling knowing that I am healthier and stronger than I have ever been. Its all thanks to Dr. Venkat and the CH Bariatric Team. ”
Ana R. from Allentown, PA
Awesome Bariatric program
“ My experience at Coordinated Health was awesome! They have a great Bariatric Program including doctors, nutritionist, fitness trainer and patient navigator. The staff at the Bethlehem Hospital was incredible. Everyone made this surgery a great experience. I would recommend them to everyone. ”
Jacquie M. from Brodheadsville , Pa
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